RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player

RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player
RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

Record Player with Audio Technica AT95E Cartridge, Belt Drive, Built-in Preamp, Solid Wood Plinth

$249.99 USD

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RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable


Premium components allow this high fidelity belt driven turntable to recreate the performance the way the artist intended


The Audio Technica AT95E featuring a diamond elliptical tipped stylus is designed to track your record grooves with greater precision & accuracy for high definition audio


Enjoy perfect playback using the balanced aluminum S-Type tonearm ensuring the stylus is rested deep in your record’s groove, producing every audio detail indistinguishable from the original recording


The beautiful piano black finished cabinet is crafted from solid engineered (MDF) wood, incorporates isolation feet, an aluminum platter and a rubber slip mat which results in superior isolation from unwanted vibrations


Incorporating a high quality built-in Texas Instruments preamp, ground terminal and gold plated RCA line outputs that ensures warm, true sound




RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable
Cabinet Specifications %E2%96%BC
Cabinet Material MDF
Finish High Gloss Walnut Real Wood Veneer
Dust Cover Yes - Tinted
Turntable Specifications %E2%96%BC
Drive System Belt Drive
Motor DC Motor
Motor Isolation Three Point Rubber Isolation
Speed 33 1/3 RPM, 45 RPM
Speed Variation +/-1.00% - Speed Adjustment Guide
Wow and Flutter 0.2%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Weighted) 67dB or higher (A-weighted, 20kHz LPF)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Unweighted) 60dB or higher (unweighted, 20kHz LPF)
Platter Aluminum
Diameter of Platter 12", 30cm
Weight of Platter 1.22 lbs (553 g)
Height of Platter 0.62 inches (16 mm)
Auto-Stop Yes
Turntable Mat Rubber
Tonearm Specifications %E2%96%BC
Tonearm Type Static Balanced, S-Type
Supported Cartridge Weight 3.5 to 6.5g
Counterweight Yes – 3.53 oz (100 g) - Adjustable
Anti-skating Adjustment Yes
Pivot Bearing Yes
Cueing Lever Yes
Tonearm Material Aluminum
Tonearm Wire 36 AWG Litz Cable / 7 Strand
Effective Tonearm Mass 28.2 grams
Overhang 19.2mm
Effective Tonearm Length 224mm
Headshell Mount H-4 Bayonet Mount
Tonearm Height 17mm
Cartridge Specifications %E2%96%BC
Cartridge Type Dual Moving Magnet (MM)
Cartridge Model Audio Technica: AT95E
Replacement Stylus ATN95E
Stylus 0.4 %C3%97 0.7mil Bonded Elliptical (Diamond)
Cantilever Aluminum
Mount Half inch
Frequency Response 20-20,000Hz
Channel Separation 20dB at 1kHz
Channel Balance 2.0dB or less at 1kHz
Load Impedance/Capacitance 47k Ohms/100pF
Output Voltage 2.5mV +/–3dB
Cartridge Weight 5.7g (+/- 0.5g)
Headshell Weight 10.7g
Cartridge Height 0.67 inches (17 mm)
Recommended Tracking Force 2.0g +/–0.5g
Vertical Tracking Angle 20 degrees
Rubber Belt Specifications %E2%96%BC
Rubber Belt Design Continuous loop (joint-less)
Width 4.5mm
Length 534.07mm
Thickness 0.6mm
Output Specifications %E2%96%BC
Connector RCA (Gold-plated)
Preamp Yes, PHONO/LINE Switchable
Phono Output 2.5mV +/–3dB
Phono Bypass Yes, all electronics bypassed when using external preamp
Line Output 140mV (–17dBV)
Ground Terminal Yes
Power Specification %E2%96%BC
Input 100V - 240V AC (50/60Hz)
Output 12V / 500mA
Consumption 1.5W
General Specifications %E2%96%BC
Dimensions 5.5 x 16.5 x 13.75 inches / 14.0 x 41.9 x 34.9 cm (HxWxD)
Certifications FCC Certified, RoHS, CUL/UL
Unit Weight 14.1 lb (6.4 kg)
Operating Temperature 20%C2%B0C
Wireless Playback No (Requires Bluetooth or WiFi transmitter connected via RCA connection to transmit audio wirelessly)
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UPC 061783264362
What's Included
  • RT81 Turntable
  • Dust Cover
  • 2x Dust Cover Hinges
  • Headshell with Audio Technica AT95E Cartridge
  • Counterweight
  • Aluminum Platter
  • Rubber Belt
  • 45 Adapter
  • Rubber Slip Mat
  • 3ft RCA Cable With Ground Wire
  • 100V - 240V (50/60Hz) AC Power Adapter
  • User Manual
  • Lifetime Customer Support
  • 2 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Press

    Slash Gear review of the fluance rt81 rt80

    Slash Gear Reviews the Fluance RT81 HiFi Turntable

    "Playback from the RT81 was quite good, with even the deeper bass of hip-hop and some electronic music coming through smooth and clear. "

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    CNET review of the fluance rt81 rt80 turntable

    CNET Reviews the Fluance RT81 HiFi Turntable

    "it feels like a $400-$500 turntable. I guess you can tell by now I'm impressed."

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    Tech Crunch review of the fluance rt81 rt80 turntable

    Tech Crunch Reviews the Fluance RT81 HiFi Turntable

    "The walnut finish gives the RT81 one of the best looks of any entry-level turntable I’ve seen. It’s sturdier and heavier than some of the cheaper turntables out there from brands like Crosley and Denon. "

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    Digital Trends Preview of the RT81

    Digital Trends Review of the RT81

    "Music played on the record player was deep and smooth with excellent clarity. In general, there was low distortion, sparkling treble, and strong bass across the records we listened to, from Broadway to Drake."

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    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating:

    Ethan N August 1, 2020 Novice Listener - 1 Year New York, United States

    This was an excellent purchase. High quality product that performs really well, and comes with an easy to follow manual. Also provides room for some upgrades which is really exciting.

    Jerome Triplett July 31, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Alabama, United States

    Like others it's been a long time since I bought a turntable and was unsure about what was out there. After doing a fair amount of research and seeing positive reviews I decided to go with Fluance. I'm happy to say that was the correct decision. The turntable looks, works and sounds beautifully. To anyone wanting to enjoy vinyl again and is on the fence about what to buy - go with Fluance and spend the extra money you would have spent on other turntables to upgrade your speakers a notch and on some new records.

    Derek W July 30, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years California, United States

    Performs well beyond price point.

    Derek W July 30, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years California, United States

    Beautiful machine. Easy setup. Performs beyond its price point. Only issue was a blister on the platter mat.

    Robert H. July 25, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Missouri, United States

    The RT81 turntable was exactly what I was looking for. With my budget around $250 this hit the sweet spot especially when it came with an Audio-Technica AT95E Cartridge with Elliptical Stylus. I’ve been listening to vinyl since the 1960’s and it was time to retire my (2nd) older turntable. The sound from my Infinity floor speakers are clean, crisp and the bass is solid but not boomy in thanks to the cartridge and engineering that went into developing this model. The unit is built solid, the belt drive (my preference vs direct drive) is very quiet, the tone arm was easy to balance and vinyl lays tight against the platter. The black finish looks great combined with my other components and it was a breeze to set up. I’ve listened to 30 plus LP’s with no issues and I am looking forward to listening to them on this unit for many years to come. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 Stars (I grade hard on items I purchase) was there was a shipping issue but in all fairness, the representative at Fluance (thank you Dawn) stayed on top of everything and it all turned out great. I do consider customer service when determining if I will purchase from a company a second time and I can tell you for a fact that I will be purchasing a set of Fluance Bookshelf Speakers to replace my older floor models in the very near future. Thanks again Fluance. Special Note : I am not a paid representative.

    Scott S. July 21, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Connecticut, United States

    Awesome. Turntable is fabulous. Haven't played records in decades, but decided to give this one a try and I'm hooked. Easy set up. Easy to use. Love the sound. Coupled with Fluance powered speakers, I'm ready to sell my Audio Research tube gear and Vandersteen speakers, and spend my time listening to music! Woth every penny.

    Christopher Gunya July 11, 2020 Advanced Listener - 20+ Years Ohio, United States

    Awesome! Love it!

    Alex D July 11, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Washington, United States

    The build quality and value is excellent. The only thing I would like better is auto return of the tonal arm.

    Howard T July 10, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years West Virginia, United States

    I performed a great deal of research befor I purchased the RT81. I don’t have many regrets. I have it connected to a Pro-hect preamp (although I think the turntable’s built in amp sounds better I just get to much feedback), Yamaha R-N 303 Receiver and Wharfedale diamond 25 speakers. This setup sounds great with a rich warm sound.
    The downside: the auto stop mechanics do not work on my turntable and you can’t get through to customer service for any help. The cheesy excuse they give you is now long in the tooth. When you call Customer service they put you hold then hangs up...hmmmm. One feature I was looking for in a turntable was either an auto return or auto stop.
    I Would like some assistance in this matter. Now I wonder if this is the great Canadian Fluance Service I should expect going forward.

    Terry K July 9, 2020 Audiophile - 20+ Years Illinois, United States

    I turn on the. Turntable,, and the platter doesn’t spin!!!!!!

    Brent C July 7, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years Arizona, United States

    I had previously listened to this unit at my son's home and was very impressed. When my Pioneer PL600 packed it in, I elected to look at Fluance. The RT81T is a good solid unit and the AV stylus is satisfactory for my needs. I did find that once I started to play older vinyls on the RT81T, I was hearing tiny nicks much more obviously in between song tracks, so I guess that's a good thing (although now it frustrates me). I wanted an internal pre-amp so went with the 81. It tracks very well - no issues there and the sound reproduction is excellent. The auto off is a good feature and works very well so far. The only negative I have to relay is that the legs DO NOT have leveling capabilities. When I purchased this unit on June 20, 2020 there was nothing in the technical literature about the legs being static. To note there was nothing, zero, nill on the Fluance website in any article or posting that referenced turntable leveling "period". I sent an email in on June 26th and then called support on July 2nd after no response. The support group told me the legs do level and they are turnable (not). When they researched further, support realized that a NEW notice had been added to the website on June 30 regarding TT leveling. So in all the years they have been selling Fluance TTs noone ever thought of adding in leveling instructions (you would think that would be important). The notice now states that the RT80/81 series does not have leveling legs, while RT82 and above does. A good leveling pad costs $70 so if I returned the 81 for an 82 with leveling legs, I'd pay an extra $50 for the upgrade and then need to also purchase a decent external pre-amp another $50+. Caught between a rock and a hard place. Still deciding.

    Lewis I July 5, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 20+ Years New York, United States

    Very impressed with this turntable, classic look, works flawlessly, easy set up, like the video instructions on the site

    Jake, M July 1, 2020 Novice Listener - 1 Year New York, United States

    Bought this after moving in to a new apartment and so far it totally lives up to my high expectations. Sounds great, looks great. Easy to assemble. Has every feature I need as a relative novice.

    Rene A June 28, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 10 Years California, United States

    Got this on a Father's Day Sale and was absolutely impressed! I was suppose to buy the Rt 80 but when I saw the reviews on YouTube and CNet I was convinced this was the turntable for me. Great design and the sound rich highs and vivid lows. At this price point you can't go wrong plus you could easily upgrade the cartridge and enjoy your Music. Definitely a great Buy!

    Mark, W June 27, 2020 Intermediate Listener - 2 Years British Columbia, Canada

    Easy setup and well packaged. The shipping box had a huge dent on one corner that I was worried about, but the turntable was well packed and had no damage. It sounds amazing too!

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